The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Cadillac's vice president of global strategic development, Don Butler, has resigned. Butler has held the position since April, after a term as vice president of US marketing for General Motor's luxury brand.

As the report explains, the timing here is pretty unfortunate for Cadillac. Butler is the third high-profile member of Cadillac's brass to depart in recent months, following the firing of US sales boss Chase Hawkins and the pending departure of Susan Docherty. Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell told the Detroit paper, "Bob [Ferguson]," global boss for Cadillac, "and other leaders asked him to stay on. Don's here in the office today – and told our team that his decision is purely on a personal level. After three years of putting everything into Cadillac, he is stepping away for some personal time, and to consider new avenues in his life."

Butler says his decision is part of a decision to "recalibrate, reassess my priorities." Whatever the reason, it's an unpleasant surprise for Cadillac, which has been on a surge in 2013, with 30-percent jump in sales on the heels of the hot-selling ATS.


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      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should have been named the global head of Cadiilac, instead they named a former lobbyist. Not surprised he left.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like unhappy executives.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        CBJMNWLD
        • 2 Years Ago
        These are some of the most ignorant comments I have seen in months. The new SRX outsells the original by a margin of 2:1. The DTS and STS were FWD and defied the brand until the original and current CTS came on line. In addition, in the so-called 90s Cadillac was propped up by Escalade sales. The facts are Cadillac is a CAR company now that doesn't need the Escalade. And without Art & Science the brand would be dead. But clowns like you still think chrome and vogue wheels are the way to go. Good riddance.
        GFB
        • 2 Years Ago
        ATS did not kill the CTS. The new 2014 CTS - announced at the New York Auto Show - killed the CTS. People won't shop the CTS until the great-looking 2014 models ship.
      sk
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM should fire the whole gang that is responsible for wasting tax payer money to make BMW clones that doesnt sell. Please hire some one with common sense. Cadillac should stop chasing "da Germans" make proper land yachts at reasonable price.
      Terry Actill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never heard of him. GM suit leaves via one door and another faceless suit walks in the other.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry Actill
        And you call yourself a car guy? Hmmm!
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      First private jets, now butlers?
      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something fishy here. Hope things are well behind the curtain.
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Most definitely bigger things coming. These bigwigs just dont give up these cushy positions.
      Karfreek
      • 2 Years Ago
      A strong sign of the internal culture and workings of GM.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Obama's fault!
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring in Bob Lutz !
      nassau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dang. Maybe Bob Lutz can intervene.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take the opportunity and bring in someone from Audi.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Really? Ask Infiniti how that's going for them.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          Well, they hired him anyway. He probably figured collecting a paycheck in Detroit had to be better than getting publicly fired by Carlos Ghosn.
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